It appears that Microsoft are planning to release a new version of the Xbox One to compete with the PS4K Neo. Sources suggest that an Xbox One Slim will be out this year and it may include 4K support, and then late next year Microsoft will ship the new super powered Xbox One, codenamed Scorpio.
The rumour is that the new console will have performance of approximately 6 teraflops, thrashing the pants off the PS4 Neo which is rumoured to be around 4.4 teraflops. Like Neo, Scorpio will run current gen Xbox One games and may even support Oculus Rift.
The two new consoles are said to be part of Microsoft’s strategy codenamed “Project Helix”, which will converge Xbox with Windows 10. This strategy includes a move to more regular hardware updates in the same vein as Apple who release new version of their products every year or two.
Xbox top dog Phil Spencer hinted at this move back in March, “I look at the ecosystem that a console sits in and I think that it should have the capability of more iteration on hardware capability,” he said. “What I’m saying is as hardware innovations happen we want to be able to embrace those in the console space, and make those available and maybe not have to wait seven or eight years for things to happen.”
We’re almost certain to see the PS4K Neo announced at E3, will Microsoft announce the Scorpio as well? If it’s not out till late 2017 then revealing the console too early will damage sales of the current Xbox One, so perhaps not.
For me this is all starting to get a bit silly, the reason I have a console is so I don’t have to upgrade it every year or two, if that starts being the case we might as well just buy PCs and be done with it, what do you think?